In Windows 10 pro, there is an option "Compress this drive to save disk space". If I were to enable that option, will Ubuntu be able to open the files like normal? And is there any side effect in using it?

  • I'm sorry, I am very new to Ubuntu, and I don't understand any of the link all of you have sent. But, let me clarify, if I were to enable that option and window compressed all the files, will Ubuntu be able to open and use that files like normal? Commented Sep 22, 2021 at 6:35
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    According to https://jp-andre.pagesperso-orange.fr/compression.html yes, ntfs-3g supports all current NTFS compression methods. Commented Sep 22, 2021 at 6:45

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Linux supports transparent compression of NTFS drives.


It seems, that it's quite well-supported and side-effects are the same as in Windows: Depending on what is the bottle-neck on your machine, you may notice lower performance.

If your bottleneck is CPU/RAM you will notice it more, but if your bottleneck is I/O, it theoretically might even improve your performance as less data has to be written.

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